locked and loaded

Our guns are locked and loaded,

Full of fury and fire.

Our hopes of peace outmoded

By men with war desire.

Who speaks for those enraged

By words so full of hate?

We must – we must become engaged

Before it is too late.

Too late to hear the cries

From half a world away.

And yet we share the very same skies

That weep for us today.




About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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7 Responses to locked and loaded

  1. Wayside Artist says:

    Here I sit hoping Poppa Doc Donnie is reined in by his warhawk generals, who seem to be the only white men in this administration with any sense. We are not dealing with men like Kennedy and Khrushchev. God help us!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Bob Slatten says:

    I do think that, even though _____ is a deranged lunatic, he might be, as Wayside said, reined in by his military advisers.
    The idea that a draft-dodger night start a war is frightening because he has no idea what that means. reined

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  3. diannegray says:

    Very true, Shelia. The leaders of the ‘free’ world are making decisions that may ultimately destroy life as we know it. I don’t feel ‘free’ at all under any of these regimes…

    Liked by 1 person

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